Most recently, the Lord has impressed upon my heart the intensity of his presence with me, with all believers. He is cultivating within me an awareness that God is with me step-by-step every moment of my life. In this process, I am learning just how intently the Lord wants to order my steps.
Yesterday was a good example of this. I started the day in the Word then transitioned to the many tasks before me. From the standpoint of logistics (we love logistics!), this is how I laid them out: Bank, Office Depot, exercise, home to shower and finish a project, meet friend for lunch, deliver project, gas for car, home to prepare for evening meeting.
I was not far into this list before the Lord began revealing that I had not chosen the best order. Thus, I immediately asked him to direct my steps according to his plan. As it turned out, the exercise took longer than I had planned but worked to my advantage as I was able to include a foot massage that worked wonders! No time to go home and shower or finish the project, only time to meet friend for lunch straight from the 135-degree sauna! But as a result, I was in a much less rushed frame of mind and could better enjoy the fellowship with my friend. The Lord enabled me to complete the remaining items on the list in timely manner – they were just not completed as I had planned them. No worries. God’s way is always better!
Grasping the reality of God’s presence with me is altering my prayer life. I think twice before praying “Lord, please be with….” Why? Because God is already WITH (fill in the blank)! Thus I can pray, “Lord, encourage (name)” or “empower your servant for ministry.”
This morning was a good example of my ignoring when the Lord was trying to order my steps. I had committed to an early morning business networking meeting about 20 miles from my home. Upon waking, I sensed the Lord trying to tell me this event was not the best use of my time. Instead of asking the Lord to confirm his will in the matter, I proceeded. Several things had distracted and prevented my getting on the road with enough time to meet someone who was driving the final leg to our destination. Sure enough, they left without me and I had no idea how to get to the meeting place. As I sat in my car, deeply repentant, I asked the Lord “where to from here?” The Lord directed my steps back home and opened a window of time in which to write this post!
On the outbound trip, I noticed inbound traffic on the interstate was backed up several miles and moving very slowly. As I made the return drive, I was swallowed up in this delay; but with Christian radio in the car, I listened to a blessed sermon about how God uses imperfect people to accomplish his purposes. My heart was encouraged. Even in my ignoring God’s leading this morning, he turned the situation to my good and his glory. How amazing is that!
Psalm 37:23: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord….” But I like verse 24 that reads, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Proverbs 16:9: “A man’s heart devises his way: but the Lord directs his steps.”
Exodus 33:14: “…my presence shall go with thee….”
The Lord be praised!